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10-26-2014 06:32 PM
We just had new hardwood floors installed. Gorgeous but very pricey. The installer's wife recommended the Swiffer vac for everyday use and quick clean-ups. Well, I bought one & just tried it out for the first time. It scratched my new floor! Thankfully, I noticed it in time & the surface scratches were contained to one small area. But still. I am not happy about this to say the least! She also recommended Bona cleaning products so now I'm questioning that as well. So...how do you safely clean your hardwood floors?<table style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; background-color: #fffdf9;" width="90%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>
Sweep them? Swiffer them? (If so, any issues?). Vacuum them? - dry wet or both? What works best? What is the best stick vac that won't scratch/damage hardwood floors? What about a Shark?
How often do you mop? What products do you use when doing so?
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10-26-2014 06:34 PM
When I had hardwoods, I brewed several gallons of tea (for the tannins, but no sweetener) and used that like mop water. I wrung the mop out so that it was almost dry and then mopped. I have pets, so the tea didn't bother them and it's inexpensive.
I have also used Murphy's Oil Soap for the floors.
10-26-2014 06:44 PM
i generally use the spin mop and a highly diluted fabuloso. i also have a manual swiffer.
i also use a stick vac to get up crumbs and dust that i have to use almost daily.
we have hardwood floors in almost every room of the house. kitchen, back door area, dining room, living room, family room, hallway 2 bedrooms the hardwood is exposed, 4 bedrooms the hardwood is covered by wall to wall carpeting. the rest of the areas are either tile or marble.
10-27-2014 06:41 AM
I have new hardwood floors throughout. I absolutely LOVE them but boy are they high maintenance! I have two long hair cats and always have to keep up with the fur balls flying! I have a Dyson vac that I use to vacuum daily. About once a week I clean them using my Swiffer. I tried Bona but it sort-of left my floors sticky feeling. Congrats on your beautiful new floors!
10-27-2014 07:31 AM
They shouldn't have scratched that easily. How are they finished? Waxed or a polyurethane?
We had our solid oak floors sanded and refinished 17 years ago. We vacuum them with our Dyson, dry mop with reusable microfiber pads, wet mop with a damp mop and Murphy's Oil Soap. We don't baby these floors - we take care of them, put rugs on the outside of the doors, but we have 3 cats, raised 2 sons, had annual family reunions, moved furniture, leave our shoes on, etc. They don't scratch from a Swiffer.
Hardwood floors should have a hard durable finish. If mine had scratched that bad that soon, I would be calling the installer and asking them to fix the problem.
10-27-2014 07:33 AM
We use Zep Hardwood (and Laminate) floor cleaner and one of those Swiffer like mop things with a removable cotton cover.
10-27-2014 07:45 AM
10-27-2014 07:48 AM
I use a microfiber mop dry, then either damp mop or steam my floors. I live in a 70 year old house and we recently re did the original floors
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